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Lacanian Jesuit

David Wootton: Michel de Certeau

4 October 2001
The Possession at Loudun 
by Michel de Certeau, translated by Michael Smith.
Chicago, 251 pp., £27, August 2000, 0 226 10034 0
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The Certeau​ Reader 
edited by Graham Ward.
Blackwell, 320 pp., £60, November 1999, 0 631 21278 7
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Michel de CerteauCultural Theorist 
by Ian Buchanan.
Sage, 143 pp., £50, July 2000, 0 7619 5897 5
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... judges interpreted this as proof of the devils’ power. In 1637, as the devils finally departed from the prioress’s body (Behemoth was the last to go), the words Jesus, Maria, Joseph, François de Sales appeared inscribed on her hand. By now she was in regular communication with an angel, and, known as Jeanne des Anges, she toured France, showing her hand to vast crowds, and to the King, the ...

On Fanny Howe

Ange Mlinko: Fanny Howe

4 October 2017
... African-American mother-in-law, who first started taking her to church. She has written of her own sense of herself as meek or weak; she fiercely defends failure. Her theologians (Leonardo Boff, MicheldeCerteau) tend towards the heretical; her saints (Simone Weil, Edith Stein) the vexed.These forays into the lyric essay come late in a career founded on poetry and experimental fiction published by ...

Oui Oyi Awè Jo Ja Oua

Michael Sheringham: The French Provinces

31 July 2008
The Discovery of France 
by Graham Robb.
Picador, 454 pp., £9.99, July 2008, 978 0 330 42761 6
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... of daily life, change was rapid and definitive; in others it was scarcely perceptible. The book begins with one of many vivid set-pieces. In the village of Les Estables, near the mountain of Gerbier de Jonc, where the Loire rises, a young geometer participating in the first attempt to map the whole of France is hacked to pieces by the locals. We are in the early 1740s: an increasingly powerful ...

Semiotics Right and Left

Christopher Norris

4 September 1986
On Signs: A Semiotics Reader 
edited by Marshall Blonsky.
Blackwell, 536 pp., £27.50, September 1985, 0 631 10261 2
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... of Third World politics; by Jean Franco, who writes about El Salvador and the link between militarisation, mass murder and the destruction of traditional symbolic spaces, like church and home; and by MicheldeCerteau on the ‘long march’ of American Indians toward some form of organised, united political stand. They are written from a variety of standpoints, some from way outside the established ...

The Frisson

Will Self

20 January 2014
The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes 
by Patrick Keiller.
Verso, 218 pp., £14.99, November 2013, 978 1 78168 140 4
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... window of a new apartment, into revolutionary experience, if not action.’ Keiller cannot resile from the Surrealist frisson as defined by Breton in Nadja and before him by Louis Aragon in Le Paysan de Paris. After all, what are his films if not retrospective orchestrations of such frissons: fractal and fracturing moments at which we experience the familiar lineaments of our ageing and rain-blurred ...

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